How to Wrap Text in Excel

3.7 min read|Last Updated: December 15th, 2023|Categories: excel|
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In spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel, which consists of several cells, sometimes you may need to have more room to display long texts on multiple lines. This is mostly useful when you are making a form in Excel. Wrap Text is a feature in Excel that helps you reach this result. You can wrap text in one or more Excel cells. In this post, we will explain to you how to wrap text manually and automatically.

How to Wrap Text in Excel Automatically?

  1. Select a cell and write your content (in our example, we selected cell A1). As you can see in Figure 1, the cell’s content A1 is too long and has taken the place of other cells. 
How to wrap text in Excel
Figure 1- Before using the Wrap Text feature in Excel, your content is displayed in one line.
  1. Select the cell (A1), go to the Home > Alignment section, and click on Wrap Text. You will see the following result.
Wrapping a text in a cell in Excel
Figure 2- By clicking on the Wrap Text in the menu, the content of the cell will be separated to multiple lines.

Wrap Text via Format Cells 

There is another method for using this feature in Excel. It’s as simple as the first method. 

  1. Right-click on the cell where you want to wrap text and select “Format Cells.”
  2. In the Alignment tab, put a checkmark behind Wrap text. 
Wrapping a text in a cell in Excel
Figure 3- You can wrap text from Format Cells.

As you can see, it’s very simple. You can wrap text in Excel only in two steps. Now it is time to make some changes in the format of the cell to make it more clear and visible. 

How to Modify the Format of the Cell?

There are multiple options to modify the format of the wrapped cell. 

  1. If you want to fit the cell’s height and width to your content, double click on the row header (in this example, it’s row 1) to automatically adjust the row height. You can do the same to the cell’s width by double-clicking on the corner of the cell (Cell A) to adjust the cell’s width. However, normally, Excel wraps the text with the column width and changes the height. If you double click on the right border of the column header before wrapping text, it fits the cell’s width to the text.
adjusting the cell size automatically
Figure 4- By double-clicking on the cell’s borders, it will be fitted in its place.
  1. You can manually modify the cell’s width or height by clicking on the right border and dragging the separator to change the column width.
  2. You can also do the same for changing the row height, or adjusting the height by double-clicking on the row heading’s bottom border.
  3. It is also possible to set a defined size for the cell. In this case, you may not be able to change the size of the cell by other methods. 
  • To define a size for column width, right-click on the column header and choose “Column Width” then, set a size. 
  • To define a size for row height, right-click on the row header and choose “Row Height” and set size. 
adjusting the cell size manually
Figure 5 – Enter your desired number for Column Width.

How to Insert a Break Line Manually?

  1. Double-click on the cell and put the cursor where you want to enter a line to break. In our example, we want to enter a break line after the word “Show.”
Entering a break line in Excel
Figure 6- You can enter a break line manually.
  1. Press Alt+ Enter. You can see the rest of the sentence is moved to the next line.